Friday, 9 November 2018

Schools of Nursing in C'river state gain full accreditation

| 5 November 2018 | Anokwuru Utchay Alexis

All the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the State have received full accreditation for the first time in almost a decade as they commence the 2018/2019 Academic Year this November. Thedailynewsng can report. 

After nearly a decade of partial or no accreditation in the State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, the Cross River State Government made a move to revamp her Schools of Nursing and Midwifery to a modern day citadel of learning and academic success. 

The schools were founded to train future Florence Nightingales and curb the dearth of health workers in the nursing arm of the State health sector, but was bedeviled by financial distress, administrative incompetence and outdated learning aids. This led to the schools falling short in academic learning and defeating it's purpose of establishment. 

Today, the schools are enjoying an all round proliferation in academic performances by the students and a well detailed administrative and management board. This is owed to the courage of His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade, through the State Ministry of Health, as well as partners and other relevant stakeholders, to get to the root of the problem rather than provide a cosmetic solution. 

"We started with a general renovation and structuring of the schools, provided state-of-the-art learning materials and then set up an accreditation committee to follow through with the whole accreditation process, and following months of persistence from authorities we received our full accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). 

The students responded with a 96.7% pass in the NMCN examinations, making them one of the best in the country. There was no better way to show appreciation for all our efforts than to produce results such as this." - Dr. Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for Health.

The steady growth and consistency demonstrated by the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the State -from Obudu to Ogoja, Abi and Calabar- shows how much effort is being put in the State health sector to achieve a healthy Cross River State not just through the employment of extra hands, but the well administered training and grooming of indigenous nurses and midwives.